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Thursday, August 09, 2007

Depends on where you are standing

My camera keeps leading me back to my morning glories in search of the best shot. Also, knowing that the record breaking heat will soon spell the end of most of the summer flowers, I figure I won't have much time left to practice on these beauties. Perhaps with some help from afternoon showers, a whole new crop of delights might conceivably sprout, grow, and flower before winter sets in. It is 104 degrees fahrenheit on this Thursday afternoon and it was brought home to me how lucky I am to work in the cool of my house. My doorbell rang and a utilities worker said they would need to cut the water off for about five minutes, while a new meter was installed. He was pouring sweat and all I could think of was how glad I was that I didn't have his job. I hope the city pays him well for being out in this heat replacing the water meters. I know that I for one would be happy to pay higher taxes, to ensure that the people who keep things running are paid with respect to how essential the service is and how unpleasant the job can be at times. I'll never understand why sanitation workers aren't the highest paid employees in a city.If people were paid based on the unpleasantness of the task as well as based on how essential the task is to society, by all rights, sanitation workers would be up there as the highest paid members of society. There are few things more essential to public health than sanitation, water, food, shelter, but too often those providing and maintaining those services make far less than those in less essential positions. Not sure why I got off on that tangent but here I sit in my cool house and that's what's on my mind and this seems to where I dump my mind's waste. As our fearless leader said, the human mind is a terrible thing.

2 comments:

Kim said...

When I see people who toil in extreme weather or dangerous conditions, I often wonder if there is any place for joy in their lives. I hope so.
It does seem that the jobs we value the most are compensated the least.
I say that in the cool comfort of home with two dogz snoring at my feet.
I am ever so grateful!
Thanks for a jolt of another side of life. May we never take what we have for granted.
Love, K.

All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.
-Martin Luther King, Jr.

Carver said...

Hi Kim,

Thanks for your comment and for the quote. I don't recall that one and it's great. I especially like the first part: "All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance". Maybe I like the first part so much because painstaking isn't my strong suit, as is evidenced by my wild and woolly yard I photograph so much, ha.

As ever, Carver